This activity allow students to actively engage in class wide discussions, with the benefit of being able to ask questions / make comments anonymously. It is especially useful for large cohorts, since it allows a group to decide collectively which topics are most important. It can help you identify any problem areas that your students are sturggling to understand and you can plan your subsequent classes to address these. It is ideal for getting feedback from students on what to cover in revision classes.
You can also use the answers to generate a Word cloud, so you can easily see the most popular ideas (they will be in larger text). See below for an example.
Who can use it?
- Tutors and course admins can add Hot Questions.
- Students and participants can contribute questions/topics and vote for others.
Questions & Answers
Q. What is a Word Cloud?
A. A word cloud shows popular words in larger text than less popular words. There are many free online Word cloud generators available, such as: http://www.wordle.net
Here's an example Word Cloud:
(Image source: http://aptgadget.com/word-cloud-makers/)
- Take the questions and create a Wordle that will show repeated words in larger text.
- Ask questions on a Lecturecast recording, polling the questions asked and answering them in the next session.
- Gather feedback during a session on certain aspects and with students rating the most important.
- Establish an open-approach to asking questions, promoting students to considering other people's questions in lieu of their own.